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Drunk driving suspect in deadly OSU crash was ‘distraught’

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Saturday, October 24, 2015, 11:19 PM

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Adacia Chambers, 25, faces a charge of driving while under the influence after police say she crashed into a crowded Oklahoma State University homecoming parade.

The driver believed responsible for a deadly Oklahoma State University homecoming wreck, Adacia Chambers, may have been distraught after losing her job, but certainly not drunk, witnesses believe.

The 25-year-old was reportedly fired from her part-time job at Stillwater Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, leaving the fast food chain in tears, Justin Denoya told the Stillwater News Press.

“She didn’t appear to be under the influence, Denoya said. “She was walking in a straight line and didn’t seem intoxicated.”

He recalled seeing Chambers leave the restaurant shortly after police accused the woman of drunkenly driving into a packed Homecoming parade with her SUV, killing four people including a toddler.

Emergency personnel gather a vehicle crashed into a crowd of spectators during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade.Brody Schmidt/AP

Emergency personnel gather a vehicle crashed into a crowd of spectators during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade.

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Bystanders help an injured spectator after a vehicle crashed into a crowd watching the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade.

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The collision wounded more than 40 people, police officials said late Saturday.

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She now faces one charge of driving while under the influence.

Adacia Chambers, pictured in a Facebook profile picture, of Stillwater, Oklahoma, has been arrested on a driving while under the influence charge, though witnesses believe she was distraught, not drunk.Facebook

Adacia Chambers, pictured in a Facebook profile picture, of Stillwater, Oklahoma, has been arrested on a driving while under the influence charge, though witnesses believe she was distraught, not drunk.

The suspect’s father, Floyd Chambers, fears his normally “timid” daughter will now be portrayed as “a horrible person.”

“This is just not who she is,” her father, Floyd Chambers, told the Oklahoman.

He has never known Chambers to be “an alcoholic.” He believes Chambers was home by 10 p.m. Friday after joining the college town’s homecoming festivities.

“My heart goes out to those people and all of them who are injured. It’s just a bad thing. I know this isn’t something that she would have done deliberately I know that she’s not that person,” Chambers added.

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Chambers was pictured wearing her black Freddy’s t-shirt as two Stillwater police officers took her into custody at the crash site.

Her SUV struck an unoccupied police motorcycle before slamming into the crowds at Hall of Fame Avenue and North Main Street — only a half mile from her former employer on Boomer Road. The road gradually curves and turns into the city’s main thoroughfare.

Grieving Oklahoma State players and staff form a prayer circle prior to an NCAA college football game against Kansas, going on to win 58-10.Brody Schmidt/AP

Grieving Oklahoma State players and staff form a prayer circle prior to an NCAA college football game against Kansas, going on to win 58-10.

The crash happened a half hour after Chambers left her old job in a heap of emotions, with 30 minutes unaccounted for before the 10:30 a.m. collision.

The custard joint’s management painted Chambers as “an excellent employee,” but would not explain why she lost her job Saturday morning.

“She was always on time,” the franchise’s owner, Mark Thompson, told the Press. “I have nothing to say about her that isn’t good. She has been an excellent employee.”

nhensley@nydailynews.com


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